Baylor County was named for Henry Weidner Baylor, a surgeon in a regiment of Texas Rangers during the Mexican War.
Baylor County is located in North Central Texas and is bounded on the south by Throckmorton County, on the east by Archer County, on the north by Wilbarger County, and on the west by Knox and Foard counties.
The soils vary from sandy to loam and red, and the ground cover is largely grasses, mesquites and junipers. The land is drained by the Salt Fork of the Brazos and the Big Wichita rivers. Large farms and ranches dot the countryside. In spring the fields are golden with wheat ready for harvest. Beautiful wildflowers can be seen along the highways. In the fall and winter months, cattle graze on the wheat fields.
Visit Seymour, the county seat, and enjoy the Crusin The Brazos Car Show in October, or the famous Old Settlers Reunion and Rodeo that became a tradition in 1896 and continues every July. Picnic in our beautiful park, or play golf on the Salt Fork River Golf Course, a nine-hole course with minimal hazards that features a separate set of tees for the ladies. Drop by our wonderful museum or library, and have a great lunch at one of the local restaurants. Take advantage of outdoor adventures and hunting opportunities, or fish at Miller Creek Reservoir and Lake Kemp.
Come enjoy the slow and easy life of rural Texas with friendly people, and attend one of the many churches on Sunday.
– County Judge Linda Rogers
If you are passing through or looking for a new place to call home, Gonzales County is the place for you. We are located in the Heart of South Texas with two great rivers, the Guadalupe and San Marcos, offering a variety of recreation activities. Independence Park features three pavilions, softball and baseball fields, soccer field, basketball court and volleyball courts. Enjoy a golf game at the nine-hole course.
The J. B. Wells Park includes a covered pavilion, show barn, covered arena, practice arena, hike-and-bike trail and RV hook-ups.
Gonzales County has many assets including a diverse economic base including oil activity.
We do a great deal to preserve and promote our rich history. For example, Gonzales was the site of the first battle of the Texas Revolution on Oct. 2, 1835. The “Come and Take It Flag” was created from that battle, and Gonzales is still home to the cannon housed at the Memorial Museum. You may also step back in time with a tour of Pioneer Village, or take one of our many driving and walking tours.
For a visit or an extended stay, we have several “Bed and Breakfast Inns” where you can relax in a historical home, or choose from one of many hotels. Shoppers will love our antique stores, jewelry stores, crafts and collectibles, as well as several restaurants.
If you want to experience the birthplace of Texas history, then come and visit Gonzales County.
– County Judge David Bird